And just what role had Smith played in all this?
“When I first got here last winter, that’s what I heard: That’s the reason why South Florida beat West Virginia, because I gave away the game plan,” Smith said.
“That’s like someone saying, ‘Can you give out South Florida’s secrets?’ I don’t think there are secrets. They know me. I know them a little bit. It is what it is.”
But what is it?
Is it yes? Is it no?
Would Smith do that to Rodriguez? Would he do it to Leavitt? How much of a coach who has changed jobs stays with him from the place he left when he is employed elsewhere.
“There’s a side of you,” he admitted. “But that feeling is all down the drain come game time. Friday is a different day. I’ll cheer for South Florida after Friday.”
Meanwhile, rest assured, that both teams have changed their signals, parts of their vocabulary and their personality for this one week.
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